Who is Mobolaji Atolagbe to me? He is a brother, err, not brother. Cousin? Not really a cousin. Friend? Ok, not just a friend. Mentor? Maybe, no, more than that. He is something to me and every one else. Yeah, he is that kind of person and he agreed to share his #ResonateArt story with us today.
Do you find yourself always leading a team?
Do you want to lead a team?
How has leading been like for you?
Please leave your comments below and let me know if this has helped you.
I am Mobolaji Atolagbe, close friends and family call me Beejay. I am human, Tech Enthusiast, Content Developer, Agriculture Advocate, I can go on and on.
To start with, I describe myself as a multi- potentialite (Emile Wapnick coined the term and explains it as someone that is skilled across a board spectrum such that s/he cannot be placed in a particular field, either as a scientist or an artist).
That said, I will dwell on just ONE of the numerous things I love doing and I am currently growing in, LEADERSHIP.
I found out I have always loved to be part of a team that makes things happen. In the process of being part of the team, I find myself leading them at some level. When this trait started, I cannot consciously recall but I will tell you my unique story.
My quiet demeanor did not lead me to many exploits in Primary School, I won awards related to academics and neatness, acted in a remarkable drama and was a boys scout. End of story.
Secondary School was quite different. I had great classmates and was elected class captain (means class president in America) which taught me the basic art of leadership (Being the class captain of K.C Boys was an audacious task that could make some adults shiver) The clamor for me to be class captain surprised me but I put in my best and it eventually paid off.
The ivory tower of Obafemi Awolowo University was the turf that brought out the most of my leadership attributes. I was the assistant Class Representative for the Agric. Economics Department for 4 years running, was Assistant General Secretary for the Faculty Students Association, Gen Sec. for Agrophiliacs for 3 years running, President of the Departmental Students Association for a session and a Faculty parliamentarian for two sessions.
I learned the use of various channels to achieve set goals, like an artist knowing ways to express thoughts through various forms of art. Proper time management was the paint brush and colors that allowed me know how to set goals and achieve them with limited available resources. High Emotional Quotient was the clay I molded to know the best way to relate with humans according to different situations & how to place the right people in the proper positions to get the best results. My journey as a leader and artist is far from over.
I believe there is a great deal to learn about proper leadership, most especially in this clime where it is not given adequate attention. We should all strive to be better leaders at positions we find ourselves.
I am currently leading a team of twelve at my current position and things are improving on a daily basis.
Other things I do:
Storyteller, Agriculturist, Value creator, Poet, Brand Manager, Entrepreneur & I have a huge interest in History.
I also firmly believe in the future of Africa and unlocking the hidden potential in its people.
You can reach me via mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for reading.